BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Apart from hints of oak and a restrained hoppiness I get very little from this brew. I can understand why Samuel needs a lager to complete its portfolio but it already has a decent one in its Pure Brewed Lager. So why do they need an Organic Ale and an Organic Lager. This is a disappointment from such a great brewer of classic ale styles.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice clear gold color, fluffy off white head and fair lace. Nose is malt, slightly earthy, clean and crisp. Front is slightly malt sweet, the top light, the finish is acidic, dry, and moderate carbonation, hops are light, but present. As I normally don’t care for lagers/pils, this one is clean and fresh, and a good beer for the ’Long Hot Summer Months’.
Ernest (6154) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), with a strong note of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Bland and not very clean...aroma has a lot of Ivory soap.
Davhgbrew (929) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve gotten so used to Samuel Smith brews being so top noch, that the mediocrity of this beer surprised me. For a lager it isn’t bad and very drinkable, but by no means does it compare with the quality of their other beers.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 10, 2002
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yikes. This beer is better than the sum of its parts. Very light, but finely made.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 4, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rather a disappointment. I remember how I first got into ’fat Sammys’ at Dead shows in the early 90s -- but it must have been fat Brown Ales and Oatmeal Stouts, ’cause this is rather dull and ordinary. Nice malty/bready nose, but flavor is rather weak and the hops are a little too strong in this underpowered beer.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 unique and bold flavor that is still light. Crisp also comes to mind. Spicy/ earthy, not hoppy enough for me
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - SEP 13, 2001
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as fulfilling as I thought it would be. Has that typical cold mouthfeel of a European lager, with that slight honey/plastic taste. Certainly lacks the diacetyl of the other Sammy brews. Okay thirst quencher, but nothing special.
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 5, 2001
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clean, light half-bodied beer. Sans stink. Crisp and pleasant. Very nice lager.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Similar to the Pure Brewed Lager, but not as flavorful or refined. Well made and enjoyable enough, but I why drink this instead of the Pure Brewed Lager?